University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistants

Molecular Microbiology
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Closing Date: 
Friday, March 11, 2016
Grade 7 (£30,738-£37,768)

Three post-doctoral research positions are available in the Division of Molecular Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK.


Applications are invited for three post-doctoral positions in the lab of Professor Tracy Palmer to study the Staphylococcus aureus Type VII/Ess secretion system and its secreted effector proteins. We are interested in the role and mechanism of this important secretion system and in elucidating the mode of action and biological significance of newly-identified effector proteins. We are looking for highly motivated individuals ready to contribute to an ambitious and multidisciplinary project studying mode of action, secretion and biological impacts of diverse Type VII-secreted effector proteins. This Wellcome Trust funded project is expected to start in July 2016 and the positions are available for three years, with the possibility of extension for a further two years.


The Palmer lab is based in the Division of Molecular Microbiology, within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. The Division of Molecular Microbiology is a dynamic and friendly work environment and the School of Life Sciences is recognised as a top UK and international centre for research in the Life Sciences. The successful candidates will be encouraged to demonstrate independence and innovative thinking whilst being an integral part of the lab team, and will have the opportunity to learn new techniques and approaches within our lab and those of collaborators.


The successful candidates will have an outstanding academic record and a PhD in molecular microbiology, biochemistry or related discipline. A research background in the areas of bacterial protein secretion and/or host-pathogen interactions is highly desirable and some experience of microbiology and molecular biology is expected.


Candidates must have proven expertise in either the use of cultured cell infection models for studying bacterial pathogens, Staphylococcus aureus genetics or in protein purification and biochemical analyses.


Candidates must have the ability to work as part of a team, but be able to plan and work independently, and must have excellent communication skills and proficiency in English.


Applications sent to Professor Palmer directly will not be considered but informal enquires may be made to


How to apply:


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